Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology

PhD Students

Bickmeier

Naemi Bickmeier

BVM Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
MSc Kansas State University

Research Field: DMP

Mentor: Dr. Katie Reif

Hometown: Oshakati, Namibia

Research Project: Bovine Anaplasmosis.

Bold

Dashzeveg Bold

DVM, Mongolian State University of Agriculture
MS, Mongolian State University of Agriculture

Research Field: Virology - FMDV, ASFV, CSFV, SARS-CoV-2

Mentor: Dr. Richt

Hometown: Uliastai, Mongolia

Research Project: Developing serological diagnostics for viral diseases, e.g., FMD, ASF, CSF, COVID-19

Konner Cool

Konner Cool

BS in Microbiology and Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences, Kansas State University (2017)
MS in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, Kansas State University (2020)
Graduate certificate in Agricultural Biosecurity Research, Kansas State University (2020)

Research Field: Virology, Diagnostics

Major Professor: Dr. Juergen Richt

Hometown: Manhattan, Kansas

Research Project: Investigate the susceptibility and transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in domestic and wild animals

Vanessa De. Aguiar Veloso

Vanessa De Aguiar Veloso

MS in Beef Cattle Nutrition, Kansas State University

DVM, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil

Research Field: Outcomes Research & Epidemiology

Major Professor: Dr. Natalia Cernicchiaro

Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Research Project: Bovine Respiratory Disease, Japanese Encephalitis Virus, and others.

Alyssa Deters

Alyssa Deters

BS in Agriculture, Kansas State University

Research Field: Pre-Harvest Food Safety

Mentor: Dr. T.G. Nagaraja

Hometown: Topeka, KS

Research Project: Prevention/mitigation of liver abscesses in feedlot cattle

Elijah

Catherine Elijah

BS in Agriculture, Kansas State University
DVM, Kansas State University

Research Field: DMP, Feed Safety

Mentor: Drs. Gebhardt and Jones

Hometown: Houston, TX

Research Project: Understanding the role of feed and feed supply chain for disease transmission in swine. Also, understanding the prevalence of Atypical Porcine Pestvirus in US swine production.

Hasan

Md Kamrul Hasan

MS in Biology 2019, Kansas State University

Research Field: DVM/PhD program; PhD Pathobiology

Mentor: Dr. Philip Hardwidge

Hometown: Tangail, Bangladesh

Research Project: Exploring intrabacterial activity of Type 3 Secretion System protease effectors.

Lillie Heinen

Lilli Heinen

Bachelors of Science – Veterinary Science

Research field: Data analysis and cattle epidemiology

Major professor: Dr. Brad White

Hometown: Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

Research project: Application of modern data analytic strategies to feedlot cattle health issues

Johnson

Blaine Johnson

BS 2010, Iowa State University
MS 2012 Oklahoma State University
DVM 2016, Iowa State University
PhD Kansas State University

Research Field: DMP: Epidemiology/Data analytics

Mentor: Drs. Brad White and Robert Larson

Hometown: Red Oak, Iowa

Research Project: Heart disease in feedlot cattle.

Kwon

Taeyong Kwon

DVM & MS Konkuk University, South Korea

Research Field: Transboundary animal diseases and emerging zoonotic diseases

Mentor: Dr. Richt

Hometown: Cheonan, South Korea

Research Project: African swine fever and severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2.

Madden

Daniel Madden

BS in Agriculture 2011, Kansas State University
DVM Kansas State University
MS in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences 2021, Kansas State University

Research Field: Virology and Pathobiology

Mentor: Dr. Jürgen Richt

Hometown: Topeka, KS

Research Project: African swine fever virus immunology.

Madesh

Swetha Madesh

B. Tech in Genetic Engineering 2018, SRM University, India
MS in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences 2021, Kansas State University

Research Field: Tick-borne diseases

Mentor: Dr. Roman Ganta

Hometown: India

Jayden McCall

Jayden McCall

DVM/PhD (Pathobiology), MPH (Infectious Diseases/Zoonoses), Kansas State University

Research Field: Immunology, Vaccine Development

Mentor: Dr. Mwangi

Hometown: Valley Center, KS

Research Project: Protective antigen identification for African Swine Fever Virus.

mcdowell

Chester McDowell

Master of Science, Kansas State University

Research Field: Molecular Diagnostics

Mentor: Dr. Jürgen A. Richt

Hometown: Corrales, NM USA

Research Project:TBA

Miller

Kamilyah Miller

DVM, Tuskegee University
BS, Florida A&M University

Research Field: PhD Pathobiology

Mentor: Dr. Herrin

Hometown: Miami, FL

Research Project: Prevalence of Echinococcus spp. in the United States.

Sang

Huldah Sang

B.Sc (Moi University, Kenya)
M.Sc Molecular Life Science (Wageningen, Netherlands)

Research Field: Immunology

Mentor: Dr Waithaka Mwangi

Hometown: Eldoret, Kenya

Research Project: Focus on broadly protective Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus vaccine

Seger

Hannah Seger

PhD. Kansas State University school of Veterinary Medicine

Research Field: Diagnostic medicine and Pathobiology

Mentor: Dr. Michael Sanderson

Hometown: Olathe, Kansas

Research Project: Modeling of E.coli transmission in feedlot cattle. Started project December 2015.

Smith

MaRyka Smith

DVM/PhD Concurrent
Bachelor of Science in Animal Science: Veterinary Medicine Expected 2020
Kansas State University

Research Field: Pathobiology

Mentor: Dr. Mike Sanderson

Hometown: Hoyt, KS

Research Project: Epidemiology, TBD

Toillion

Alyssa Toillion

BS, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
MPH, PhD, Kansas State University

Research Field: Antimicrobial Resistance, Epidemiology, Anaplasmosis

Mentor: Dr. Michael Apley and Dr. Raghavendra Amachawadi

Hometown: Auburn, KS

Research Project: Evaluation of bovine zoonotic commensal antibiotic susceptibility and community composition in response to antimicrobial based anaplasmosis-control regimens.

Zajac

Michelle Zajac

BS, MS, PhD, Kansas State University

Research Field: Immunology, Vaccine Development, Infectious Diseases (emphasis on African Swine Fever)

Mentor: Dr. Mwangi

Hometown: Hutchinson, KS

Research Project: Rationally designed vaccine for African Swine Fever Virus; evaluate and quantify T-cell responses, and map CTL epitopes.